Fall is arguably New England’s most beautiful season, the perfect time to take a trip, preferably to a resort with a stellar view. Whether you love to be surrounded by mountains or right by the water, we have just the hotel for your scenic autumn getaway.
Boston Harbor Hotel, Boston, MA
The Boston Harbor hotel sits on historic Rowes Wharf, beside the city’s once-tea-drenched harbor. Built in 1987, it’s one of the grand dames of the city. Newly renovated rooms feature classic New England décor and offer beautiful views of the harbor or the glittering Boston skyline. Dine on site at the Forbes Four-Star Meritage Restaurant & Wine Bar or the chic Rowes Wharf Sea Grille, and stop by the Rowes Wharf Bar for a classic cocktail experience.
Taj Boston, Boston, MA
The luxurious Taj Boston is still remembered by many as the Ritz Carlton, as it was known from its opening in 1927 until its renaming in 2007. The Taj is located just across the street from the beautiful Public Garden, home to the Make Way for Ducklings Statues and the city’s famous Swan Boats. Park-view rooms blend colonial design and modern décor and look out over this gorgeous green space.
Wequassett Resort and Golf Club, Harwich, MA
If city life isn’t your style, head to Cape Cod’s Wequassett Resort and Golf Club and relax by the shore. This resort, Cape Cod’s only member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, boasts two beaches, four onsite restaurants, and an unbeatable, 270-degree view of Pleasant Bay from the pool. Guests of the inn are allowed access to the prestigious, members-only Cape Cod National Golf Club.
Mount Washington Resort, Bretton Woods, NH
The historic Mount Washington Resort makes for a beautiful autumn retreat. Built by Italian artisans and opened in 1902, the hotel is a National Historic Landmark; it’s welcomed many famous guests, including presidents, and the World Bank was established there during a 1944 conference. You can take in views of the surrounding mountains and sprawling ground from rocking chairs on the veranda, challenge yourself with a zipline canopy tour, take a horseback trail ride, or play 18 holes on the championship golf course.
Topnotch Resort & Spa, Stowe, VT
Tucked away in the country, Stowe’s Topnotch Resort & Spa sits on 120 acres of rolling hills and greenery. Take in the view with a hike, some tennis, or a horseback ride with the hotel’s equestrian center. Pay a visit to the onsite spa and salon to treat yourself. Guest rooms boast sleek, modern décor, and pet-friendly rooms are available. Dine on fresh, local fare at bistro Flannel and enjoy a craft cocktail at the Roost.
Essex Resort & Spa, Burlington, VT
Finally, look out on the beautiful Lake Champlain Valley from your room at the Essex Resort & Spa in Burlington. Check out the bicycle and walking paths to explore this sprawling 18-acre resort. Take in the colonial style in comfortable guest rooms and stay warm in the outdoor hot tub. Slow down with a relaxed meal at the Tavern, explore new flavors at Junction, or take a cooking class onsite with the resort’s famous Cook Academy.
Inn at Mystic, Mystic, CT
In addition to the Spicer Mansion, where we stayed while filming a recent episode of New England Living, Mystic, Connecticut is home to the Inn at Mystic. The inn sits on 14 acres with sweeping views of Fishers Island Sound and Mystic Harbor. Coastal country guest rooms feature nautical décor, with some including wood-burning fireplaces, Jacuzzis, and balconies. Savor classic seaside fare at the Harbour House Restaurant & Raw Bar, play a friendly game on the tennis court, or take advantage of the complimentary Mystic Bike Share.
West Street Hotel, Bar Harbor, ME
Bar Harbor’s West Street Hotel overlooks the charming downtown marina, but its hidden gem is the rooftop pool (the only one in Maine), where you can take a dip and look out over Frenchman’s Bay. Spacious guest rooms feature nautical décor and views of the harbor. Get an authentic Irish pub experience at Paddy’s or go the classic New England route with a traditional lobster bake at Stewman’s Lobster Pound. Out on the water, take a whale watching tour or nature cruise.
Grand Summit Resort Hotel, West Dover, VT
The Grand Summit is nestled in Vermont’s Green Mountains, where you can watch the leaves change, take a scenic chairlift ride, go for a hike on one of the Mount Snow trails, or relax at the renowned Naturespa. Cozy, classic furnishings will make you feel right at home. Fuel up for the day at the Grand Country Deli or dine on locally-sourced cuisine at Harriman’s Farm to Table.